Holiday Accommodations at Yosemite National Park
One of the first things that you need to decide upon when choosing a hotel at Yosemite National Park is whether you will stay within the confines of the park, or you would prefer accommodation in its surrounding community. Make sure to note that accommodations inside the camp get booked way ahead or months in advance by people who are going there, so if you are going to the park for your summer holiday, you should have booked your housing from the company that handles accommodations way in advance. Reserving months in advance will assure you that you will have accommodations inside the park. If you are going to the park for the summer holiday period, booking a year in advance is really not too early.
4-star hotels, the Ahwahnee Hotel, and campsites in the backcountry are the available accommodations inside the park. If you will go hiking and would enjoy sleeping in a sleeping bag in the backcountry, then you need to get a wilderness permit from a ranger station. If you have other arrangements to make in the park, then you should go to the company that handles the housing reservations to make them. Aside from the Ahwahnee hotel, you can stay in the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, which is in the Yosemite Valley. If you want to stay in tents or cabins, you can go to Camp Curry. Another campsite you can stay in is the Housekeeping Camp which is along the Merced River, and there are also other campsite nearby.
If you prefer staying outside the Yosemite Valley, but still inside the park, you can stay in the Wawona Hotel and Tuolomne Meadows Lodge which you can find at Tuolumne Meadows, together with White Wolf Lodge. You can also stay in the high-country campsites. Privately owned rentals inside the park can be found in Wawona.
There are still many lodgings outside Yosemite National Park, near the gates. The four main gates of Yosemite National Park includes the Arch Rock/El Portal Entrance, the Big Oak Flat Entrance on the west, the South Entrance, and the Tioga Pass Entrance on the east. Along these entrance routes are many types of accommodations.
There are many more accommodations outside the park. However, you will have to take long drives to get to the park attractions inside.
Booking for housing outside the camp requires you to call the places individually. There is no central place to call and these lodgings outside the park are not part of any hotel chains. Some lodgings offer discounts to members of organizations so be sure to inquire if they do offer discounts.